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company and held the governor hostage so we can rescue g.m. and ford. the devos family, the amway guys who screw over their employees on a regular basis they don't give them pensions, health care or anything. of course, the michigan chamber of commerce which makes screwing over workers a professional living. that's what they do for a living. these are the guys that back -- do you think snyder had a change of heart? no this was the plan all along and we've got it on tape. now, let me tell you more. talk to americans for prosperity and you go and ask them hey did you guys back this? it was your tent, your money that got poured in. i love this answer. >> oh, please! cookies and coffee. if you mean millions upon millions of dollars that's exactly what you did. they couldn't help bragging. americans for prosperity put out this statement: >> in other words, of course we want to do it in the heart of michigan so we rip out the union's heart right there and show it to their face. they're unabashed about it. scott has hagerstrom says: >> you see that? it's also political. if you weaken the unions e
and millionaires of amway. we're talking about you know, different type of people like the koch brothers. they don't care about workers. this is about power. how do we work, weaken the democratic party in michigan so next time, maybe in '16, we can win it. >> jennifer: it is more than michigan right. you're a head of the teamsters. national global union. what's the next front in the battle across the country? you expect this to app elsewhere, i assume. >> they're fighting against everywhere. they're trying to do this in new hampshire. luckily, we were able to get a strong -- a new democratic governor in new hampshire but right to work has been active there. they're pushing it day and night. they're going to start all over again. last time governor lynch vetoed it. now we have a new democratic governor and she said that she will veto it if they bring it up again. it is a fight going on there. it is going on in missouri. it is not just michigan. but like in missouri, we've got a strong democratic governor out there
, of the amway fortune? is he just working for other interests? >> could be. that's an interesting thing about it. that we saw as he announced this there was a $2 million ad buy financed by outside groups with these tv ads. this was an orchestrated attempt to do this. it was planned well in advance. they sprung it quickly before anybody could really react. >> reverend williams, does this effect people in your church? people that attend? regular people? this is more than just union bosses. how does this affect ordinary average people in michigan? >> well, reverend sharpton, right to work means no rights at work. and so we unequivocally understand that these laws are only to break and bust collective bargaining agreements. we understand that is only going to make it so the wages are lower. and as you know and as the statistics show and have shown throughout the years is that seven out of the ten states that are right to work states are the poorest states in the country. this is absolutely ludicrous. and when you talk about the koch brothers and you talk about all of the right wing alignments, this
's funded by some of michigan's biggest republican donors. its chairman is the president of amway. the west michigan policy forum was key to funding the defeat of prop 2 last summer. yet another group, michigan freedom fund, ran ads in support of right-to-work legislation. it also has ties to the family in michigan. of course, president obama weighed in on this yesterday when he was in the state of michigan. i think the president got right to the heart of the matter and was on point. >> these so-called right-to-work laws don't have anything to do with economics. they have everything to do with politics. giving you the right to work for less money. >> joining me now is a reporter from mother jones magazine. great to have you with us, andy. take us behind the curtain and explain the relationship of the koch brothers and all of these right-to-work organizations that have been pushing this behind the scenes. >> what you see in michigan, behind the scenes as you say, are a number of grassroots groups that have names like americans for prosperity, michigan freedom fund and so forth. they are ther
bargaining constitutional amendment but dick devos billionaire from -- runs the amway corporation, they won but they were also the ones that have been consistently attacking organized labor. they were behind this effort and they completely mischaracterized this as the ability for workers to decide whether to belong in a union or not. it gives workers now a chance to free ride or free load and receive all of those benefits from collective bargaining without paying for them. >> eliot: which means long-term -- that's right. this creates a free lord problem. we'll discuss that more later in the show which means long-term the union will lose its capacity to negotiate. you made a hugely important point, mark. the wage increase negotiated by unions extend out, radiate all to all workers in the economy. because they create a floor beneath which employers know they have to pay the floor to get good workers. explain that because people need to understand the benefits go to even nonunion members. >> well, that's right. michigan bui
at other multilevel, like avon, am way, as pyramid schemes? >> no. i haven't studied carefully amway or avon, but i think they are legitimate multilevel marketing companies. we aren't saying all multimarketing companies are schemes, but some are. and herbalife is. we are simply trying to create transparency around the company, something they have done their best to muddle, so the market can decide the right price for this company. we don't benefit by the stock going up or down. we're not ditrading this. we are short the stock. >> how much communication did you have with herbalife prior to this presentation about your analysis? >> none, other than we listened to or read many times the conference call transcripts, analyst -- >> you never went to them and said, look, this is our position. we have questions. we want answers. >> correct. >> why not. >> you saw what happens to -- since david asked the calls on his conference call, they strictly cut the access for others. this is the most transparent we could possibly be. this is public presentation. the only people we didn't allow is, the
duck legislature. this is puppet marching to the beat of puppet tease, dick devs of amway who want to hurt unions. melissa: did they succeed? is there a way to battle back. >> of course we have ability to organize on the job. that is what we'll hear doing. i love vinnie talking about freedom, freedom of association which is violated every half hour when someone is getting fired for organizing union. i don't see mackinaw fighting for that. this is corporate agenda. this one piece of it. seeing in states like indiana and wisconsin. they will try to spread it but we'll keep fighting. >> vinnie, it is one piece but it is a huge piece. this is michigan where 17.5% of the workforce is unionized. if workers aren't forced to pay dues, a lot of them, i mean whether they believe in unions or not are not going to do it because they just simply can't afford it. so, you know, this is a big financial blow to unions no matter how you slice it. >> actually going back to the previous point, this is actually a very bright spot for unions around the country and here in michigan. it means that now uni
name? dick what? >> dick devos. >> that's the amway guy. >> yep, that's right. >> and governor snyder seems to have -- seems to pay more attention to him than he does the citizens of the state. and that's very unfortunate. >> moving forward here, the only option you have here is 2014. congressman, in some way could this really solidify democrats going into a midterm where they're going to be needed? >> i think it will. it's going to energize people who understand that we had a governor who said that he was about bringing people together, and instead he is driving a major wedge in our state. at a time when our economy is roving as a result of the auto industry recovering, and all the work that president obama has done. at a time when our economy is coming back. instead of bringing people together, he is driving a wedge between people. this is energizing people. it's an emotional issue. and i believe that people are going to turn out and make sure that their voices are heard. in fact we expect to see that tomorrow on the grounds of the state capitol when thousands of people have their v
right to work in michigan where you would the bill yon airs, koch brothers, the head of amway pouring millions of dollars into that state talking to legislators, threatening ledge ledgelators saying they wanted it passed. there continues to be a war on working families. if you look at it, bill, all of the statistics that they use are just completely yongwrong. they say right to work for less laws create jobs. they don't. they don't if you look at any study, they don't. right to work states six of the 10 states with the highest unemployment levels six are right to work states. >> really. >> six are right to work states. if you look at the right to work states, not only union families but non-union families earn $1,500 less. this is an attack, continues to be an attack on working families. we've just got to -- i said before that, you know, we won the election on november 6th. we had some major victories not only in washington, d.c. but across the country. we have got to stay in campaign mode and stay in campaign mode in states like michigan and ohio and w
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